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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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801 Ratings

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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 23
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2001)
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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one beer I have had the pleasure of sampling from a three liter bottle, what an awesome esperience it was delicious. Here we are on tap. Appearance: Golden amber with a very nice frothing white head, fine Belgian lacing forms looks excellent. Aroma: Candied sugar sweetness, belgian pale malts, spicy doses of hops in the air. Taste: Slightly clovey, sweetness comes in the form of an apple cider like alcohol infused soft tone lacking the alcoholic edge it once had this beer has been knocked down to 6.5%. Mouthfeel: Nice even effervescent carbonation lacks a fuller mouthfeel but still is medium bodied, not bad at all. Drinkability: Incredible a session brew if you can afford it at 7 bucks a pop, I will side with an American micro but this is very tasty and incredibly drinkable.

WVbeergeek, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of drewbage
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 330 ml bottle in a Corsendonk Tulip glass.

Beer pours clear and pale golden orange in the glass with a large white stout like head that laces the glass on the way down.

Aroma is of oranges, caramels and a grassy spicy styrian golding type hop punch.

Flavor is first filled with the approach of a creamsicle, all cream and orange with a clean malt structure behind it.

Finish is lightly hoppy with a slightly metallic twang that feels like a cap issue.

Overall a very nice drinking tripel with less character than it's more classic cousins.

drewbage, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy deepish yellow color, murky. Head is flat but an ample 1/4 of an inch and of good duration. Laces in white broad loops. Sharp aroma, lemon skins, hay, and yeastiness. Flavor is more fruity, strays into the fleshy pear and almost plum area. Hops are relatively apparent, decent drying with aspects of white pepper at the close. Somewhat thin in body and undercarbonated -- easy drinking however. A little more fruity and less dry than I usually look for in a Tripel.

Source: Liquid Solutions

ADR, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of byrd
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a cloudy golden color. There’s a good amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. The head is sticky and moderate in size and lingers for a long time. Once the head dissipates, it leaves a nice lace that is fairly think on the surface. Fruity aromas, banana, and candied sugar are evident on the nose. The palate is quite sweet up front and also a little fruity with spice notes. The yeast also makes a definite impression. Slightly bitter, citric finish, but the sweetness is still somewhat apparent. The carbonation is considerable, yet the mouthfeel is still fairly smooth. Body leans towards medium full.

Not a bad brew that tends to be sold at just about every store I walk into. Makes for a good choice when I’m in the mood for a Belgian and can’t seem to find one of the better, less readily available, tripels.

byrd, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lacking in depth for a tripel. A bit on the dry-side, with some pear-like fruit flavors and sourish malt with a bit of clove phenols. Lacked the layers of fruityness or spice that I look for in a tripel. Pleasant and drinkable, but not something that I would search out in the future.

Brent, Oct 21, 2003
Photo of Hex92
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This must be my favorite tripel. Great golden color with a white head. The smell is mellow - just like the beer. The bubbles feel good on the tongue going down. I could swig this stuff down all night. Of course the high alcohol content means that after a couple of 750s you don't need another.

Truly an amazing beer. In my top 20 for sure.

Hex92, Oct 21, 2003
Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blurry straw yellow with a gigantic mound of creamy white foam.
Lemon rinds, dead grass and pepper on the nose.
Taste begins with a light passion fruit sweetness, cut immediately by the peppery yeast. Apples linger throughout. Turns musty, but just for a second. Citrus fruits gain hold. Oranges and lemons. Ends plenty hoppy for a tripel. Golding herbals and bitterness. Depth is a bit limited, but it's hard to argue with what's here.
Effervescent and sparkling. Alcohol content is hidden entirely.
Certainly not the most complicated tripel, but a dryish, quaffable and enjoyable one.
A lawnmower Tripel perhaps? (And a nice one)

cokes, Oct 04, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer but not quite great. It isn't the most complex belgian but it stills tastes really good. It has a light golden color with an enormous head. Very carbonated. The smell is of sour apples. Taste gives me an alcohol precense right away which combines with a citric hop flavor that I'd say resembles peach. There are some malts noticed in the middle but they come and go quickly. This beer finishes nicely with a mild spicy yeast flavor. Simply a quality beer to drink.

granger10, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of BitteBier
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A soft orangish straw color with chill haze. Topped by an average head fed by some active carbonation. Smell dominated by ho-hum grains with just a hint of hops. Given the lackluster smell and the first flavor that hit me (a dusty metallic taste), I suspect the bottle I had was too old. Still, the flavor wasn't bad--just less interesting than other tripels I have had. A fruity (peachy?) flavor that is balanced by crisp hoppiness. A bit warm and dry at the finish. Pleasantly soft mouthfeel and good drinkability round this one out.

BitteBier, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a five finger, white head that leaves a little lace. Pour this VERY slowly. Cloudy, pale amber color. Faint malt/alcohol nose. Carbonation is heavy. Medium bodied. Starts sweet but yeasty and finishes sweet with a hint of bitterness. Very good but I have had better triples. This is brewed by Du Bocq for Corsendonk.

jdhilt, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of putnam
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jagged, off-white head over brass-colored liquid...
Intense, characterful aromas of lemon, pine, cumin, cardamom, anise, ...
The flavors are cotton candy, spring blossoms, honey, semolina, anise, lemon peel, olive, pitch and whole wheat flatbread grilled in butter. It tastes like good grain, mashed and steeped in water...oh, I guess that's what it is! I guess obviousness doesn't earn a penalty. At least it's "good" grain. I was hoping for a little more sourness based on what I smelled. Again, lack of "sour" might sound good to most people. Have you tasted a "Margerita" at a bar or restaurant lately? You'll need more than a "wedge" of lime floating in it...but who am I to judge.

putnam, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a medium head and some lacing on the glass. The aroma smells strongly of wheat and spices with some malts in the background. The flavor was very yeasty with some citrus notes. This is a pretty good Belgian wheat.

clvand0, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
2.73/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on Cinco del Mayo 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
I guess that I would have liked this better on a hot summer day. It has almost a champagne-like fizziness that I just didn't like. I wasn't too impressed. I must say, however, that I couldn't detect the 7.5% ABV

jcalabre, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw color, slightly cloudy, large head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A Belgian Triple style ale. Malty and dry, with a distinctive hop signature. Mouthfeel is full and round. Soft carbonation, champagne-like. Finish is dry and clean. Aftertaste is slightly malty

beerguy101, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Cochonne goblet at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Appearance is a light hazy golden amber, with a rather short head, for a belgian beer. I was watching her pour it, and it was very foamy, but the head died down almost immediately. Aroma is definitely malty, with that belgian sweetness. Smells mildly sour, with plenty of fruity goodness and a bit of caramel. Taste is very nice, although not the best belgian I've had by a long shot. Lots of candi sugar, which has an almost saccharine sweetness in this particular beer, faint metallic quality, light clove, fig, and caramel flavors. Nice and complex. Carbonation is mild, with a slightly sour finish. Body is medium to light. This is one of the most ubiquitous belgians in my area, bottle wise. I was meaning to try it when i was first discovering beer, and i wish i had. I've tried so many other belgian abbey style ales that this one just didn't really impress me. Something about it was just a little off. Good, but with a sort of unrefined quality...or something. I can't explain it, but it certainly wasn't as good as some other tripels.

UnionMade, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a goblet. Hazy honey color with a thin white head of tiny bubbles resting on top. Head disapeared right away and left no lacing. Aroma is sweet and doughey, with hints of citrus and sweet candy. Flavor is rich and sweet. Sweet fruit, a bit yeasty. Mouthfeel is a little heavy, carbonation is moderate. A bit rich to be very drinkable.

far333, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice lively pour with a good white head filled with medium to large bubbles. It has that light yellow/orange color with yeast floating in it as is typical of the Abbey Pale Ales I have tried. The head died out and left no lacing before I could even take my first sip. It's aroma mild and fruity. The initial taste was a mild and fruity with a strong carbonation on the tip of my tongue. On subsequent tastes I began to feel the carbonation filling up in my stomach. A nice brew, but the Chimays are better. GF said it was nice and gave it a rating of 3.65, better than the coffee brews LOL!

TheDM, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of Thrasher
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, my 2 local packies carry Corsendonk as well as the nearest beer bar (and let me tell you, good Belgian beer doesn't exactly grow on trees around here), but for some unknown reason I have resisted it until now. Cheaper than your typical top-shelf Belgian and the compromise is apparent in the brew if you search really hard. Some Euro-lager characteristics (off-flavors, too, such as corn, husk a la Heineken and Stella) which are definitely not welcome in a Belgian tripel. However, there are some very nice things going on here as well. Smoother than many tripels, with more emphasis on the pale malts, some shimmering hoppiness, and not too much yeast or peppery spiciness. That is a good thing, an entry-level Belgian tripel if there ever was such a thing. A tart apple quality is lively and refreshing; some white wine-like woody elements will put the oenephiles at ease. Seasoned beer drinkers will find some things to enjoy here but ultimately the beer is one-dimensional and you will probably be left longing for something to really knock your socks off.

Thrasher, May 06, 2003
Photo of kindestcut
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My latest foray into the Belgian beer world...

The Corsendonk poured a cloudy gold, lighter than the Orval but similar to the Chimay Cinq Cents. At first pour, the head rose like a volcanic eruption and I had to wait quite a long time for it to go down so I could continue pouring.

The aroma is dominated by floral and citrus, which explains the taste. More than the Chimay White, the Corsendonk Abbey tastes like liquid tulips. There is a tad of bitterness and citrus which round out the flavor but I find the floral a little too much. The mouthfeel is great, a beer that has just enough carbonation to keep my interest and suggest the next sip will not be soon enough.

This is a good beer. It's not my favorite of the Belgians but even a mediore Belgian beer (and this is far better than mediocre) is still damn good.

kindestcut, Apr 30, 2003
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy blonde that gives way to a thick and boisterous head that is lively and long lived. The bubbles settle out by getting larger and lumpy. The beer itself is highly carbonated. I bounced the cork all the way across the kitchen. The nose is moderate to weak giving off citrus, fruit and spicy hops. The taste is also a citrus/lemony flavor followed by a mild dose of aggressive hops that are very bitter but in moderation, all the while being supported by fruity malt undertones. The flavors are exceptionally well balanced and this is almost a perfect beer. I would prefer some more nose and more hops in the nose as well. Otherwise it is a perfect flavor and texture.

AtrumAnimus, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of Jordan
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Easily aggitated, champagne like carbonation. Slightly hazey within liquid gold.

Smell: Weak aromas of pepper and dextrin malt(?)

Taste: Bitey up front, mildly sweet, mildly bitter in the finish. Very mediocre flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, peppery and bitey in the front moving to slick and creamy in the finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffed, but not necessarily something that will hook your lips

Jordan, Apr 13, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent Tripel, but as others have said, it does not bring a lot to the table compared to others as far as flavor and complexity. It is a very easy drinker, very light and palatable. I drank this from a large chalice. It was a golden amber in color, with aromas of hops and spice. Flavors of yeast, mild hops, and citrus fruits are present. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and unoffensive in every way. Very little alcohol presence in both smell and taste. I give this one a high drinkability because I could and would drink many in a row, however there are much better examples of the style.

IrishRedRock, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could be the "middleweight champion" of triples! Looks good, tastes good, smells good, goes down real easy. Just not quite in the same league (IMHO!) as my absolute favorite Belgian Ales. Pours a cloudy, golden color, nice size head, but not huge like some. Smooth, not overly sweet. Nothing off-putting, and certainly world-class. Head to head, would lose to Duvel, Delirium, Unibroue's similar offerings,etc. but would do just fine any time.

JohnnyDuvel, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cork has the numbers 020506 on it. I'm guessing 2002, June 5th.

Pours a nice cloudy yellow. A bit more to a gold then yellow. Cloudy, not clear. A large white head appeared and stayed and stayed and stayed. It finally left and behind was a lace that wouldn’t stop.

Aroma: Hops, spices, a faint smell of fresh cut grass, a hint of fruit, raisins maybe more toward citrus and yeast.

Taste: The taste was aged. I think of oak. Not to strong but a slight hint is present. Malt and hops are present. Nothing is too over powering. A nice balance of the two. This is a very very nice beer. I could enjoy this, with moderation through the entire evening. This is one I would like to cellar for a few years. A must for all to try!

Stubbie1, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at RedBones.

This ale poured a nice clear, golden color with modest white foam that settled to give a thin coat on the surface. The smell was very modest: a faint musty grape and oak aroma. The taste was musty grapes, oak, and some malt, with a hint of hops. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp, with low to medium carbonation. The drinkability was good. This ale was not bursting with flavors, but it was very pleasan to drink.

UncleJimbo, Mar 16, 2003
Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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